Spending time with the patrons of the NSO Tumani Center on Saturday, February 27, 2016, was one of the most fulfilling days I have had in the last few years.
Lovelogical and Life Ministry partnered to present Sounds and Words: A Luncheon for The Homeless, who we deem as extended Lovelogical family of their entire community.
With the help of many community volunteers, including performers, this day was so magical. I needed to share it with you, my Lovelogical community.
Walking into the NSO Tumaini Center brought me face to face with many people reflecting various moods. At the time I did not know what to expect of the day. My thought was to only hope to bring joy to many faces reflecting doubt and sadness.
Center employees and patrons had set up tables to transform the main area into a restaurant setting I so desired. We brought additional tables to assure enough seating. The residents of the center automatically helped bring the tables in and set them up. They were surprised when Desires of The Heart came in with beautiful black linen tablecloths. I noticed more smiles than when I entered.
Many of the patrons helped us dress the tables. First, it was one or two helping. A few more pitched in a conversation about the event flowed. By the time we dressed several tables’ comments and questions were coming about the event. I was happy to answer letting them know we were as excited as they were. The transformation was finally complete with bud vases, fresh flowers, and a lot more smiles.
Brother John Mayberry, Pastor of Conant Gardens Church of Christ, started the meal with a beautiful prayer. While the patrons were eating a 3-course meal provided by Life Ministry, Calvin “Cookin’ Calvin” Washington and The Bottom Line Coffee House, DJ Asset started spinning ol’ school tunes. The crowd ate and danced in their seats. By now most of the room was smiling and laughing.
One of the residents by the name of Quan told me he wrote a black history poem and wanted to recite it. I was proud to hand Mr. Quan the mic! He happily projected his words and became swollen with pride when applause came at the end.
Stacey J Productions performed spoken word and a skit. They shared the lives and successes of Madame CJ Walker and Harriett Tubman. The room was pin drop silent during their spectacular performances.
Mahogany Jones rapped and spoke in poetic verse. All eyes and ears were focused and attentive. The positive comments, applause and bigger smiles let us all know we were doing something special.
DJ Asset got many up on their feet with Chubby Checker, Parliament, Etta James, Prince, and many more. Many twisted and danced in their chairs. Others danced with their canes and walkers. Some danced like teenagers at the club for the first time. Staff and event volunteers danced and hustled with NSO patrons.
I was privileged to have a few patrons get up and do The Temptations walk with me to My Girl. My heart was more sunshine on a perfect day at that very moment. You can only imagine how much laughter and joy was in the Tumaini Center.
Members of Priceless Live, vocalist Darrick Price, and percussionist Cornelius Jones, brought the house down with their final performance. As Darrick sang Usher Nice and Slow one of the female residents decided to grab a water bottle and lip sync his words. It was awesome! He took advantage of the moment and sang to her giving the illusion of a perfect duet.
Priceless live continued with a soulful rendition of Me and Mrs. Jones. When Darrick said, “I know you all know this song” and held up the mic many voices erupted in song. It was an amazing moment. Yes, you should have been there to see and hear it!
The final song, Wake Up by Teddy Pendergrass, said it all. “The world won’t get no better if we just let it be. We have to change it yeah just you and me.”
I wish we had photos and video to share so you can experience what will forever be in our memories. Forgive Me Not Photos was present and ready. Some of the patrons of the NSO Tumaini Center were not comfortable being captured on film. To respect their wishes and allow them full joy we stopped and deleted the footage out of respect. This enabled EVERYONE a good time!
If you want to hear a firsthand account of Sounds and Words at The Tumaini Center reach out to those who made this event successful. All of these great businesses are for hire to help make your events successful too. Each of these businesses is run by members of our Lovelogical business community. We care about our clients like they are family…DNA NOT REQUIRED!
Life Ministry – www.life-ministry.net
Calvin “Cookin Calvin” Washington – www.cookincalvincaterers.com
Desires of The Heart Events and Catering – Williamsblood@sbcglobal.net
Forgive Me Not Photos – www.forgive-me-not-photos.com/
The Bottom Line Coffee House – https://www.facebook.com/tblcoffeehouse/
Brother John Mayberry, Conant Gardens COC – firstname.lastname@example.org
Stacey J Productions – www.facebook.com/StaceyJProductions
Mahogany Jones – www.mahoganyjones.com/
Priceless Live – www.facebook.com/priceless.live1
When you reach out please tell them Lovelogical and Life Ministry appreciates their talents. This includes the host of volunteers who came to serve as well.
Thank you for reading this to the end. I know it is a long blog. Hopefully, you feel inspired to reach out to help the NSO Tumaini Center by donating the following items to them at 3430 3rd Street, Detroit, MI 48201:
- Men and women’s undergarments in all sizes, especially larger sizes
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Toothpaste and toothbrushes
The world won’t get no better if we just let it be. We have to change it yeah just you and me.